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Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is located in the far eastern part of Nepal which is on the list of the third highest mountain in the world. In addition, the track is located on the eastern Himalayan border of the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. Five different treasures represent God with gold, silver, gems, gran and the holy book. However, this trekking trail is only allowed to explore the listed areas in the restricted areas of Nepal.
The Kanchenjunga Journey offers the cultural diversity of Eastern Nepal as well as the natural beauty of the landscapes. Kanchenjunga is famous not only for its adventurous tourism but also for the production of more expensive tea and for the origin of natural herbal medicine like cardamom and many other natural herbal medicine. If you prefer trekking in remote areas with natural diversity this is right up your bucket list.
You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and picked up by one of the members of Snowland Treks. He will lead you to your hotel and also inform you about the later day activities. In the evening, you will meet with your guide in the lobby of your hotel, and he will escort you to a traditional Nepali restaurant where you will have a welcome dinner.
Today, we will fly to Bhadrapur early in the morning. From Bhadrapur airport, we will take a jeep ride to Ilam. The drive will offer us gorgeous landscape views. Ilam is the biggest tea growing region of Nepal as well as one of the famous touristy places for both foreign and domestic tourists.
After having breakfast, we will begin our drive towards Taplejung on a private bus/van. During the drive, we will get to see beautiful countryside views. We will pass by Phidim and reach Taplejung, a Limbu village.
After having breakfast, we will begin trekking through lush hills and several small villages with traditional mud-brick houses. On the way, we will come across lovely terraced farm fields, rice paddies, and cardamom farms. Further, we will trek following the Tamor River and reach Mitlung where we will spend the night
We will trek through the dense sub-tropical rainforest. Further, we will trek towards a valley, which is resided by the ethnic community, Kirantis (Limbus). We will reach Sinwa and from here, we will trek on a narrow valley path and cross landslide areas. The trail will lead us to Tawa and the then to Chirwa, a picturesque village amidst boulders. On the way, we will see several bee hives.
We will cross Sisuwa Khola and continue trekking towards Tapethok, the entrance as well as a checkpoint of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. The trail then leads us to Tamewa Khola, which we will cross via a bridge. From here, we will reach another village called Hellok, and crossing a suspension bridge over the Simbuwa Khola, we will continue trekking and cross another khola called Ghunsa. As a matter of fact, Simbuwa Khola arises from the Yalung Glacier on Kanchenjunga south face and Ghunsa Khola arises from the Kanchenjunga north face glacier. Sukathum will welcome us with the stunning view of Mt. Kumbhakarna (7,710 m) also known as Mt. Jaanu.
Following the trail along the north bank of the Ghunsa Khola, we will trek in a steep narrow valley. We will go through a dense forest of rhododendron, bamboo, and oak along with small Sherpa settlements. We will take a small lunch break and continue ascending towards a small and beautiful Tibetan village, Amjilosa where we will be spending the night.
Today, the trail will be relatively shorter than other days. We will ascend on a flat ridge and then pass by a forest of rhododendron, birch, bamboo, and brown oak. On the way, we will also come across lovely waterfalls and a few open pastures. Further, the trail will ascend to the Sherpa village, Gyabla.
We will begin trekking through the dense forest of bamboo and hemlock. We will then descend own steeply into a ravine. We will notice from today, the sub-tropical forest changes into alpine Himalayan rhododendron & fir forests. On the way, we will pass by large summer yak pastures and potato fields. We will reach Phale village where we will find an old wooden gompa with numerous statues and ancient thangkas bought from Tibet. From here, we will pass by larch forests & cultivated fields and descend down to cross Ghunsa Khol. Crossing the Ghunsa Khola, we will enter the Ghunsa village.
Today is our first rest day to acclimatize our body with the altitude. We will spend the day exploring the village and its nearby areas. We will also interact with locals and get a chance to observe their lifestyle, tradition, and culture closely. We will visit a monastery located at the edge of the village and believed to belong to the Khampa Dzong monasteries of Tibet. We also have an option to a day hike to the Yamatari Khola that reaches along the Lapsang La trail.
We will trek through the lush forest of juniper and larch along the east bank of the Ghunsa Khola. We will cross a sandy boulder-strewn floodplain, and further, cross a thrilling stone bridge. We will trek towards Rambuk Kharka. The trail becomes barren. We will cross a large sandy landslide area and ascend steeply. We will pass by the snout of the Kumbhakarna Glacier and descend down to Kambachen. We will get to witness amazing views of Mt. Jaanu (7,710 m) and wild birds like lammergeier, eagle, kites, chough, and falcon.
Today, the tail will not be strenuous but does require long trekking hours. Crossing a stony river bed, we will reach summer-pastoral huts at Ramtang village. From here, we will see the snout of the Kangchenjunga Glacier, which has been joined by the Ramtang Glacier. We will then ascend through a stony path over a moraine and descend down to the riverbed of Ghunsa Khola. Further, we will cross an unstable thrilling bridge over a river and reach Lhonak. Lhonak will present us captivating views of several Himalayan mountains.
After having breakfast, we will head towards the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga following a trail along the glaciers on the northern ridges. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp is also known as Pang Pema from where we will get to see breath-taking views of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), the third highest mountain in the world. We will also get to see numerous other mountain ranges bordering Nepal-India and Nepal-Tibet.
After spending a memorable day at Kanchenjunga Base Camp, we trek back to Ghunsa. Today, the trail will be long and tiring. We will descend all the way down to Lhonak and Khangpachen. From here, we will trek on the moraines of Kanchenjunga Glacier and Kumbhakarna Glacier that will take us Ghunsa.
After having breakfast, we will trek along the steep rocky trail through the forests of birch, pine, and rhododendron. On the way, we will get to witness striking views of Temachunggi (6,044 m), Mt. Jaanu (7,710 m), Nyukla Laching (6,670 m), and other mountains.
Today is going to be the most challenging day as we will cross Sele La Pass located at 4,480 meters. From the top of the pass, we will witness amazing views of Mt. Makalu (8,481 m) and Mt. Jaanu (7,710 m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Mt. Baruntse (7,129 m) along with Yalung Glacier. After spending some time at the top, we will descend down to Tseram village where we will spend the day.
We will pass the moraines of Yalung Glacier and ascend towards Ramche. On the way, we will come across a beautiful lake and lovely meadow where we might get to see blue sheep. Upon reaching Ramche, we will rest for a bit, and later, visit a small monastery.
Today, we will trek to the Yalung Base Camp through the glacial moraine and difficult rugged path. From the Yalung Base Camp, we will get to see the captivating view of the surrounding along with a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Mt. Jaanu (7,720 m), and several other mountains. After spending some time at the Yalung Base Camp, we will trek back to Ramche for the night stay.
Today, we will trek back on the same trail. The trail will present us superb views of the different mountain range along with herds of blue sheep over the grassy slopes. Further, we will descend down from the moraines of Yalung Glacier. Crossing Lapsang and Tseram villages, we will reach Anda Phedi.
After having breakfast, we will descend down to Tortong through densely forested path packed with rhododendrons and bushes. On the way, we will also come across a few cold & untamed streams, ponds, waterfalls, monasteries, and chortens fastened with colorful prayer flags.
We will descend down to the Amji Khola. From here we will ascend and cross Lasiya Bhanjyang (3,310 m) and Dhupi Bhanjyang (2,620 m). We will then descend down to Yamphudim village inhabited by people from several communities like Limbu, Rai, Sherpa, and Gurung.
Leaving Yamphudim village behind, we will descend down to Khebang. The trail will pass by valleys, cascading waterfalls, and dense forest. Further, we will cross a stream and walk past a small settlement alongside Kabeli Khola to reach Khebang.
Today, we will trek to Khanidingbe through lush forest. On the way, we will come across several beautiful waterfalls. Throughout the trail, we will get to witness a gorgeous landscape view along with impressive views of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m) and Mt. Jannu (7,720 m).
After having a warm breakfast, we will drive to Birtamod. The drive will present us scenic views of lush green hills, snow-capped mountains, river, and small settlements. We will reach Birtamod and head to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for us to rest.
Today, we will fly back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will head to our hotel. We will then explore the market and do shopping. Later in the evening, we will go on farewell dinner organized by the company. We will also prepare to return back.